After moving on from college and into the real world many people find themselves eating out or ordering in pizza. To better prepare students for the real world, simple, easy and culturally diverse cooking demonstrations could be very beneficial to the Kent State student population.
One of Kent State University’s biggest focuses is pushing for a wider more culturally diverse campus. Usually, a common stereotype that follows college students is that their choice of food revolves around Mac & Cheese and Top Ramen. Cooking skills are minimal when one is left with only a microwave and a mini fridge. When students leave and have a full kitchen, they are unsure of what to do with it and they have a limited budget which leads to a boring diet.
Creating effective short surveys in order to get a grasp on what Kent’s student holds to be valuable is one of the methods that will be used, a stats professor will help ensure the survey is unbiased and effective, and different demographics and preferences will be surveyed. Dining staff as well as employees in diversity and inclusion will be interviewed.
After meeting with the campus dieticians, we found a healthy list of meals that are easily accessible and easily made. The cooking demos themselves will be accessible with meal swipes and incentivized by attaching Flashperks to each event. The demos will become a social event for students as well as a way to equip them for living on their own.